Playlist 01.02.2021

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Playlist 01.02.2021

On this week's programme:

Izouran N-Sahara are from a small town in the Moroccan desert.

Alostmen are a Ghanaian kologo outfit led by Stevo Atambire.

Stella Chiweshe is the veteran pioneering female performer of the Zimbabwean mbira.

The Hallelujah Chicken Run Band were a popular and prolific dance band in 1970s Zimbabwe.

4Mars were an institution of the Djibouti government party and state culture.

Altin Gün, based in the Netherlands, play a modernised Anatolian rock sound.

Oyiwane are a long-running group from Niger, the latest in the WhatsApp series of recordings.

Chant Electronique are a meeting of folk singers and electronic musicians from various parts of Europe.

Farhot is an Afghan DJ and producer living in Germany.

Transglobal Underground’s 2010 collaborative songs of migration get a re-release and extra relevance.

Michiyo Yagi is a Japanese player of the koto, influenced by Cage and Zorn.

Balkan Taksim are a new sound from Bucharest combining folk and contemporary genres.

Sun Ra’s Arkestra continues to fly under the leadership of 96 year old Marshall Allen.

Cameroonian composer Franck Biyong echoes the interplanetary theme on a space-rock journey.

Urban Village are a Soweto quartet of style and heritage.

Sam Amidon creates adventurous and original arrangements of folk classics.

Luedji Luna is a thoughtful Afro-Brazilian singer and composer.

Bellanöva are an Italian quartet rooted in the Apennine region.

Las Lloronas are a female trio of song and poetry from Brussels.

Check the latest Transglobal World Music Chart here


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday February 1st 2021. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Izouran N-Sahara: “Imattawn”. From “Tisnant” (Hit The Road Records 2021).

2.Alostmen: “Bayiti”. From “Kologo” (Strut 2021).

3.Stella Chiweshe: “Ndikafa”. From “Ambuya!” (Piranha 1988/2021).

4.Hallelujah Chicken Run Band: “Gore Iro”. From “Take One (1974-79)” (Analog Africa 2020).

5.4Mars: “Tamarta (Power)”. From “4Mars - Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura” (Ostinato 2021).

6.Altin Gün: “Bahçada Yesil Cinar”.

7.Altin Gün: “Ordunun Dereleri”.Both from “Yol” (Glitterbeat 2021).

8.Oyiwane: “Diversitie”. From “Saharan WhatsApp 11 - Oyiwane” (Sahel Sounds 2020).

9.Chant Electronique: “Kamen Gori”. From “Chant Electronique Vol. 1” (Rika Muzika 2020).

10.Farhot: “Yak Sher”. From “Kabul Fire Vol. 2” (Kabul Fire Records 2021).

11.Transglobal Underground with Stuart Staples: “The Miner’s Dream Of Home”.

12.Transglobal Underground with Nori Kovacs: “I Left My Sweet Homeland”.Both from “A Gathering Of Strangers 2021” (ARC 2021).

13.Michiyo Yagi: “Rouge”. From “The Rough Guide to Avant-Garde Japan” (World Music Network 2021).

14.Balkan Taksim: “Anadolka” (Single from forthcoming album on Buda Musique).

15.Sun Ra Arkestra: “Satellites Are Spinning / Lights On A Satellite”. From “Swirling” (Strut 2020).

16.Franck Biyong: “Subsolar Point”. From “Celestial Navigation Suite” (Afrolectric 2021).

17.Urban Village: “Izivunguvungu”. From “Udondolo” (No Format! 2021).

18.Sam Amidon: “Maggie”. From “Sam Amidon” (Nonesuch 2020).

19.Luedji Luna: “Ain’t Got No”. From “Bom Mesmo Estar Debaixo d’Agua” (Luedji Luna 2020).

20.Mariza: “Barco Negro”. From “Mariza Canta Amalia” (Warner Portugal 2020).

21.Bellanöva: “Bella növa”. From “Bellanöva” (Felmay 2020).

22.Las Lloronas: “Entre La Sal”. From “Soaked” (Muziekpublique 2020).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Urban Village: “Udondolo” (No Format!).

2.Stella Chiweshe: “Ambuya!” (Piranha).

3.Hallelujah Chicken Run Band: “Take One (1974-79)” (Analog Africa).

4.Various Artists: “Zanzibara 10: First Modern - Taarab Vibes from Mombasa & Tanga 1970-1990” (Buda Musique).

5.Sun Ra Arkestra: “Swirling” (Strut).

6.Various Artists: “The Best of Transglobal World Music Chart 2020” (ARC).

7.Anansy Cissé: “Anoura” (Riverboat/World Music Network).

8.Sam Amidon: “Sam Amidon” (Nonesuch).

9.Sutari: “Siostry Rzeki / River Sisters” (AAUU).

10. Las Lloronas: “Soaked” (Muziekpublique).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1. Amparanoia: “Mi Genetica”. From “Himnopsis Colectiva” (Mamita).

2.Dona Onete: “Festa Do Tubarão”. From the compilation “The Best of Transglobal World Music Chart 2020” (ARC).

3.4Mars: “Lama Rabeen Karo (It Cannot Be Desired)”. From “4Mars - Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura” (Ostinato).

4.Eliseo Parra: “De Luena a Carriedo”. From “Cantar Y Batir” (Mirmidón).

5.Mariza: “Lagrimá”. From “Mariza Canta Amalia” (Warner Portugal).
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